In this provocative commentary on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, Marc Shell focuses on the play's basic themes of sexual extremism, exchange, and political order. At the crux of the play, he notes, the novice nun Isabella accuses her brother Claudio: "Is't not a kind of incest, to take life/From thine own sister's shame?" Shell's analysis shows exactly how Claudio's request is a kind of incest in a virtuoso analysis that extends his earlier work on philosophical and literary economies.
In the first work to develop fully the thematic role of the monastic orders in Shakespeare's drama, Shell demonstrates that the play lays bare some Western culture's most fundamental tensions -- between natural and political teleologies, between Christian and political ideals of brotherhood and the incest taboo, and between the pragmatic imperative to classify people and the moral imperative to treat them all alike. Drawing upon an astonishing range of literary material, Shell's discussion goes far beyond mere commentary -- offering, for example, brilliant readings of other Shakespearean plays.
Praise for Marc Shell's The Economy of Literature and Money, Language, and Thought, also published by Johns Hopkins:
"Shell offers admirably close readings [which are] often brilliant." -- The Eighteenth Century
"A remarkable piece of work. Valuable for a wide range of readers from the expert to the inquiring generalist." -- Religious Studies Review
"Stimulating and valuable." -- Comparative Literature
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Marc Shell is professor of comparative literature at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is the author of The Economy of Literature and Money, Language, and Thought, also available from Johns Hopkins.Review:
"This thoroughly postmodern commentary on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure focuses on the play's themes of sexual incest, economic exchange and political order. In this work Shell extends his previous close readings of the classics unveiling the philosophical and literary economics that underlie theme. This is sure to be considered one of the most outstanding revised interpretations of the bard this season." -- Reader's Review
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